Police: Mesa State Student Made Date Rape Drugs in Dorm Room

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

A Mesa State student is behind bars after police say he was making date rape drugs in his dorm room.

Mesa State senior Hope Owens is spending her last year of college living on campus at Tolman Hall. She says when she and her friends found out Wednesday morning that someone in her dorm had been arrested and what he was accused of doing, they couldn't believe it.

"It's just kind of scary to know the stuff people do around you and sometimes you don't even know," said Owens.

"It's happening right here in the dorms?" said Matt MacQueen, a Mesa State sophomore. "Like really? Oh my gosh!"

Tuesday morning, the Grand Junction Police Department arrested 18-year-old Kiefer Townsend on multiple drug charges -- this after officers say they found 360 ounces of liquid GHB, commonly known as "The Date Rape Drug," in his dorm room.

"Especially as a girl, there's a lot of guys out there that aren't really good characters," said Owens. "You have to be really careful."

According to an arrest affidavit, Townsend told a friend and his friend's girlfriend he made a drug in his dorm room, then gave both of them several tablespoons of it. The girl told police she and her boyfriend blacked out 10 minutes after taking it.

In addition to the GHB, police say they found chemicals and lab equipment needed to make the drug when they searched Townsend's room.

"It's not acceptable," said John Marshall, Vice President of Student Services at Mesa State. "Drug use at Mesa State is not acceptable."

Mesa State officials say using drugs and especially making them on campus is not something they take lightly.

"We work closely with law enforcement to make sure that these kinds of instances are addressed quickly and aggressively," said Marshall

Marshall says in addition to being hit with felony charges, students who break the rules can be evicted from the dorms or even kicked out of school.

"The reality is in some instances, education is a good way for a student to get things back on track," said Marshall. "In some cases they just simply don't belong in school."

For now, Owens says she's just glad Townsend is in jail -- and hopes the only thing she'll have to worry about while in her dorm is studying for her finals.

"You have to really know the people around you and be careful and just take care of yourself," said Owens.

Townsend's bond has been set at $10,000. He is due back in court April 6.

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